US President Donald Trump has said that American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq will soon be reduce to about 4,000 and 2,000 respectively. Trump said during a White House briefing on Thursday, “A lot of progress has been made in Afghanistan, but we will be down to 4,000 soldiers in a very short period of time. Likewise Iraq, we will be down to about 2,000 soldiers in a very short period of time.”
On the other hand, the US Central Command Commander Kenneth McKenzie said on Wednesday, ‘The US military presence in Iraq would be reduce to 3,000 by the end of September, and in Afghanistan to about 4,500 by early November.’
Currently, more than 5,000 US troops are stationed in Iraq to fight the Islamic State (IS) and primarily to support Iraqi forces in the fighting.
Mike Pompeo would visit Qatar to begin inter-Afghan talks:
At the briefing, Trump also told reporters that Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo would go to Qatar to begin inter-Afghan talks.
According to the Qatar News Agency, the Qatar government announced on Thursday that a new round of Afghanistan peace talks would begin on September 12 in Doha.
Donald Trump wants complete withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan:
Let us tell you that Trump wants the complete withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. The war in Afghanistan, which has caused approximately 2,400 US military deaths, is the deadliest in US history.
The Pentagon said in mid-July that the US maintained its force level in Afghanistan at under 8,000, meeting the terms of the US-Taliban Agreement signed in late February.
The agreement called for the complete withdrawal of US military forces from Afghanistan by May 2021, if the Taliban met the terms of the deal, including relations with terrorist groups.